May 24, 2018
I just want to help Sir Gerry Alanguilan let other people know, be aware and learn about how rich the history of Philippine comics is and how it’s a part of Philippine culture so I’m writing this blog post, most especially to the younger Filipinos out there. I honestly don’t know much about this (about Filipino comic book artists back in the dinosaur age) but you can read more information about the history of Philippine comic book artists (short biography of them and lists of their comic book works) on Sir Gerry’s Komikero Komiks Museum website. Although, for now it’s still under construction but he’s gradually uploading content.
I got the photo below from a Facebook Page:
It’s a magazine and comics stand in the Philippines circa 1953.
There might still be some dinosaurs lurking behind the magazine and comics stand during that time on the photo above.
In the late 80s to early 90s, during my elementary/grade school days, I used to buy a lot of local comics like Pilipino Funny Komiks, Bata Batuta and other comics similar to those I’ve mentioned. I did a bit of browsing here on the Internet before making this blog post and I read that the earliest publications of comics in the Philippines dates back to as early as 1920s. It’s also sad that I don’t know much about these old guys who make comic books. Most of them are now probably dead or are now really old. I might’ve probably bought some of their work before but I just don’t know them or I didn’t try to remember their names as I was still a kid back then.
There was Sir Larry Alcala (for sure he’s included on Sir Gerry’s website, I just don’t know when will he put up his work on that website) that I remember because when I was in grade school, we were required to subscribe to a Magazine entitled, Pambata Magazine and on the very back of the page of each issue you can find Sir Larry Alcala’s comic, “Mga Salawikain ni Lolo Brigido” or in English, “Grandpa Brigido’s Proverbs/Wise Old Sayings”. Whenever I get my hands on that magazine, I’d read it first before the interior pages.
For me, I think comics encourages kids to learn how to read and write and be literate. It also ignites and inspires the reader to become future comic book writers and artists in their own right like myself if you want to follow the comic book creators’ footsteps. At least that’s what it did to me, which I consider my crowning glory.
Let’s thank Sir Gerry Alanguilan for putting up a website like this. 😀